Welcome to AP BIO!

The AP Bio Homework Calendar can be found on the Documents Page under the Category 1 Agenda + Hwk Calendar.  Click Categories and you will see all the Unit titles pop-up in the scroll down menu, then click 1 Agenda + Hwk Calendar.  Download the 2019-2020 AP Bio Homework Calendar Document and find on the Excel doc the date you were absent from class.  The homework will be listed on the Calendar.  The Calendar is currently updated all the way to Oct 23, 2019 the end of the Genetics Unit.   

The AP Bio Agenda showing Daily Homework Assignments and ETD's for Each Day can be found on the Documents page under 1 Agenda + Hwk Calendar. To see the Unit Titles and access the Documents for each unit, click Categories on the Documents Tab and choose the correct Unit from the drop down menu. 

Click the Unit we are currently studying and it will display all of the documents for that Unit, which you can then select, download, print, and complete prior to your return to class if absent. 


BIO BLOG:  Discussion Threads Can Be Accessed on the Discussion Tab of this Swift Website.

To Receive Extra Credit this Discussion Blog a Student Must:

1. Talk to their parent about today's entry task and learning target, sharing with their parent what they learned about these topics in today's AP Biology class . Remember that teaching others is the best way to learn.

2. Have their parent submit a comment to this discussion topic through my swift website reflecting what they found interesting from their discussion with their student/child.

3. The student must also submit their own comment about this discussion topic on my swift site in regards to what more they learned from discussing the topic with the parent.

Both the student and the parent must submit their comments to the discussion thread topics to receive extra credit for the student. The more discussion threads that you both submit, the greater the extra credit boost at the end of semester.

The ultimate goal of this is to get students to process the learning targets from each AP Biology lesson, so that they are ready for the AP Biology Test in May and to foster a connection between their learning at school and the learning that can continue at home with their parents.
Remember that teaching others is the best way to learn, don't be afraid to share your ideas.

Thanks for participating,
Jonathan Neil

ETDs and the Daily Agenda can be found on the Documents page under 1 Agenda.

Mr. Neil's AP Bio Swift Website

Events: Daily Agendas, Assignments, Homework and Major Projects, Due Dates, Test Dates, Special Instructions
Documents: Downloadable Syllabus, Some Assignment Sheets, Project Instructions, Study Guides, Etc.
Grades: A direct link to Skyward Family Access to access student grades
Contact Me: jneil@tahomasd.us
(425) 413-6277

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Some Clarifications are listed below:
Please Remember:



CURIOSITY is the greatest intelligence.

To be great at something, you must love it. To be great at learning, you must love it first.

ETDs(Etry Task Diaries = Science Journal)
There will be an ETD entry for every day of class. It is required to have all of them completed. They are great study guides for the tests.


Students must complete a SCaR in their ETD(Entry Task Diaries)as an exit task every day that we have class.
SCaR = S(Simplify), C(Connect), a(and) R(Repeat)
Simplify = 3 Key Words and Ideas defined in your own words, short and sweet.
Connect = Draw a simple picture of the idea with labels
Repeat = 3 Other examples of the idea written or drawn
The deeper the SCaR (aka the more detailed your work), the longer the memory will last and the better your grade for it will be.


School is about learning, and proof of learning comes from the completion of assignments. Students are required to at least attempt to achieve the learning provided by their assignments, which means that they must attempt to complete all assignments fully. Fully completed assignments can get 100% credit. If a student completes 50% of the assigned work, then they can only get 50% credit, because of the student's lack of effort.

The HOMEWORK and ASSIGNMENT POLICY is 1 class late you lose 40%, 2 classes late you get a zero.


Students who are ABSENT have 5 school days to make up missed assignments from the day of that absence. If the assignments are not made up after five days then they receive a zero for the assignment. If a student is absent on the day that an assignment is due, that assignment needs to be turned in the day that they return to science class. ETDs occur everyday, it is the students job to complete all entrees, which requires 1st asking a fellow classmate what the missed ETD questions were. If you still have trouble finding out what they were, then come and ask me.


I am here Tuesday-Thursday after school in room 106 until 3:15 to help students that make the effort to come in for extra help. This time is for students who need to make up labs, tests, or just need some extra help with their assignments.